Published December 19, 2023

I played all the sports–softball, basketball, track, and cheerleading, but my first love was soccer. I went to Junction School and then to Foothill High School, where I played varsity soccer and danced in Club Cougar. I graduated with honors and attended Shasta College for two years before transferring to CSU, Chico to finish my teaching degree and earn my teaching credential. 

I spent most of my 15 years teaching across several grade levels at Mistletoe School. Try as I might, I never found my sweet spot with teaching. I absolutely loved working with the kids, but something was missing.

As an adult, I remained athletic, rock climbing and doing CrossFit. I became a personal trainer, a nutrition coach, and a Level 1 trainer for CrossFit. The inspiration to change occurred to me suddenly on New Year’s Day when I realized that everyone needs Physical Therapy at some point, and it’s essentially teaching movement one-on-one! I heard about Shasta College starting a new Physical Therapist Assistant program, so I reached out to the program director, Marcee, to learn more.

Classes began in January for two years of intense studies and simulated treatments under the watchful eyes of experienced PTs and PTAs, followed by three incredible six-week clinical rotations of hands-on, practical instruction with patients. 

I’m studying for my official license exam, and I’ve already accepted a position working as a PTA license applicant. 

For others who feel lost in their career path, take what you enjoy and find a way to do THAT. It may require a little creative thinking, but passion, above all else, is a strength that leads us to our calling.

Shasta College Knight